Whether you live in a big house that is so choc-a-block with furniture and other things that you are low on space or you live in a smaller space that just doesn’t have much room to store things, finding a place for everything can be a problem.
However minimalistic your approach to living, we all tend to accumulate a huge amount of things from furniture to ornaments and if you have a family, your living space is all too quickly taken over by toys and more toys. However small your space, there are lots of clever solutions that can help you find a place for everything.
Take to the walls
Think about how much of your wall space you can use and what sort of shelves would suit the space available. If you are lacking wall space in the main rooms of the house, look at stairwells and above doors as there is often space for small shelves, which would be perfect for ornaments or even books.
Shelving is the first thought when you are thinking of using the walls for storage but there are lots of other options too.
Sets of hooks can be useful in any room. Hooks can be used for a whole host of things and of course you can hang bags to put things in or even invest in plastic or fabric organisers or storage pockets that hang which gives you even more storage for anything from shoes to clothes.
If you don’t have wall space for hooks, why not invest in over the door hooks which slot over the door to give you several hooks which are sturdy and don’t damage the walls.
Why not use a hanging laundry bag for the dirty washing instead of a big basket that uses up valuable floor space.
Think about anywhere in the house where there is space underneath. Beds are a prime example as most beds will have a good amount of unused space below them and this can be filled with a variety of things. Many shops sell boxes and bags that are the perfect to slot easily underneath beds and they can hold a huge amount of things too.
What about under the stairs? If you live in a house with stairs, there will be a pace underneath and if used cleverly, you can use that space in a number of ways. Could you fit a bookcase at the tallest end of the space? What about shoe racks? Shoes are a huge problem to store and shoe racks under the stairs mean that not only are they kept tidily, but also people can easily find them and put the back.
If you find that below stairs space looks cluttered, think about adding a curtain to hide the mess or you could even have door specially made so that it becomes a proper cupboard.
What about under the table? If it is a dining table, then that space is needed but if you have or are looking for a small table, think about what you could put underneath. Does it have a shelf already? Could you buy a small shelf unit that would double as a table and storage space?
Nail those nooks and crannies
Any space is space to be filled. If you have an unusually shaped room which leaves you with a small space, use it. Tension rods aren’t very expensive and these are perfect for popping into small spaces, which you could use to hang things on. Maybe you could fit in a shelf?
The little things
When it comes to storage, the smaller things in life you need to store them in places where you can find and get to them easily. Think creatively. Old jars are perfect as you can line them up with or without the tops and fill them with pretty much anything you like and the great things is that you can see exactly what is inside.
Magazine holders are good for magazines, but you could put all sorts of things inside from hairbrushes to kitchen utensils. Some even have a place to write the name of the contents on so that you can be super organised.
The key to managing a small space is to be creative. Look around at all of the free space and think how best to utilise it as there is always something that can make that space go further.